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Part of: Catastrophe: Weedhsame Tour 2017 Ilkley Literature Festival - Catastrophe: A Reading by Daljit Nagra and Weedhsame

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Ilkley Literature Festival - Catastrophe: A Reading by Daljit Nagra and Weedhsame

Daljit Nagra and Weedhsame will be together at the Ilkley Literature Festival, as part of Weedhsame's UK tour. They will be reading the poem 'Galiilyo' ('Catastrophe') in both Somali and English. This will be followed by a Q&A with Daljit, Weedhsame and bridge translator Martin Orwin.

Catastrophe is a howl of anguish about the migration of the Somali people. It offers a provocation to western Europe and a message of hope to all who have fled their homes to seek a better life across the sea. It is also an electrifying piece of writing by a rising star in Somali literature.

Daljit Nagra had been working with Somali scholar Martin Orwin to make this dazzling new English translation of the poem. This event marks the publication of a new poem-poster by the Poetry Translation Centre, featuring the poem in Somali and English alongside specially commissioned artwork by the acclaimed artist Bryan Talbot - which will be available to buy.